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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

1 getting benefits before full retirement age

2 You are eligible for cost-of-living benefit increases starting with the year you become age 62.

3 you delay your retirement past your full retirement age.

4 you are a government worker with a pension

Ignoring the fact that #4 has nothing to do with Social Security, please explain how any of that is need-based (unless you’re living in a parallel universe where Ross Perot was president). Since you present the image of someone who doesn’t have the faintest idea of what a need-based program is, I’d drive you to look at how the government doles out food stamps compared to how they dole out Social Security.

but I believe you’re talking about the maximum earnings calculator. this is a flat cap where if you put any more into the system you don’t get more. and on top of that the government is using social security surplus to hedge against the deficit. That’s communist to lol.

Yes, well, you can certainly make the argument SS functions as a Ponzi scheme. You can’t, however make the argument it’s a need-based program when it’s inherently merit-based. Well, you can – just come off as a fuckwit who doesn’t know the definition of things.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

Social Security take from everybody and gives out based on need so its not socialist its communist.

Uh, no. Not even a little bit. Social Security is not based on need – it’s based on how much you contributed (typically, the wealthy will receive more benefits since they, you know, made more money).

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Corporal Punishment

I’m not like some dipshits who will keep a library of things they are “offended” by so they can use them later.

No – you’re far creepier. You keep a PM that Jan sent you to smooth things over and use it to mock him (which is utterly baffling, but I digress). It’s far more reasonable to remember the times someone is an ass than it to remember the time someone wasn’t an ass and, even stranger, to try to use that against the person.

I’m not sure why I’m even taking this comment seriously. You liked me on these forums until you found out I tend to vote Republican. The horror!

On topic, I have no qualms with corporal punishment. I continue to believe that the 1-2 spankings as a child that I had did me no lasting harm and provided the adequate lesson. The issue it’s so easy for it to escalate to something more than an open-palmed slap on the butt and it has become clear to me that “discipline” for some parents go far beyond what I would ever be comfortable subjecting one my children to.

If I have kids, I genuinely hope I don’t spank them – after all, if I can resolve a conflict without violence, surely that’s better than with. But, I think it’s foolish for people to claim that spankings are inherently good/bad. It depends on the child. One my brothers absolutely needed spankings. My other brother and sister didn’t.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Shooting/Riots in Ferguson, USA.

they’re hard up for manpower. In such situations, you’re willing to have less than ideal officers if it means you have enough officers for minimum coverage.

The bigger culprit, in my opinion, is that it is damn near impossible to actually fire a cop. Rather than losing their job like normal people do when they fuck up, they get placed on suspensions (which, is a glorified vacation since they continue to get paid). Not only that, most stations across the country have to subsidized the accused cop’s legal fees too. When it’s easier (and cheaper) to not fire a bad cop than it is to release the cop, that’s when you have massive problems.

Reason #1,472,872 that public sector unions should cease to exist.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Shooting/Riots in Ferguson, USA.

In this case it appears they did neither. They killed someone that was not posing an existential threat to anyone.

Brown was 6’ 4" and weighed nearly 300 pounds. I don’t know about you, but if I see someone that large coming towards me with what appears to be malice (how else was the officer supposed to perceive that?), I consider that a serious existential threat.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

And the US flirtation with libertarianism with Coolidge, Tyler, Van Buren, Harding and Ford works out just as well as comparison to failed socialist states.

I don’t know enough about the others to speak to them, but the economy boomed under Coolidge. I would imagine, if I did know more about them, that comparing them to socialist states is a laughable assertion at best.

The US already has socialist leanings. The police force is socialist through and through. So is medicaid and medicare. So are the schools.

Medicare is not socialized – most seniors rely on private policies to supplement their Medicare, which, ironically, is what many European nations with glorious socialized medicine are also finding themselves needing to do. Even Sweden, the pride of socialized medicine, couldn’t do it completely public.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Bombing Of Gaza

Issen, they’re using artillery instead of precision fire. Deliberately, even though their own Supreme Court told them it was illegal. Link

Yeah that’s… indefensible. Good point.

As for the “its all hamas’s fault” let’s be honest: they’ve had 3 wars in six years and apart from high casualties [on the Palestinian side], all it’s done is increase support for them.

Certainly it isn’t all Hamas’s fault. I just have a hard time having much sympathy for Palestine when their government is a de facto terror organization. That doesn’t mean adore what Israel is going – it just means I’m not terribly sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinian people nor have I heard a compelling reason to be terribly sympathetic.

So what Israel needs to do is agree to this and if the Palestinians in the OT are still demanding Israel be wiped out at the end of that truce…well, I don’t think they would. Even if Hamas survived, 10 years of peace with a functioning economy is enough to turn any revolutionary respectable.

I can’t fathom this ever happening.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Bombing Of Gaza

Goodness, no it doesn’t stop all of the missiles, nor does Israel claim that it does. But it stops some and is far more of a defense than Palestine has, hence the inflated numbers.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Bombing Of Gaza

Can you explain why it is that in the recent conflicts the percentage of civilian deaths has been around 10 times high on the Palestinian side then on the Israeli side?

Because Hamas sets up their missiles in schools, parks and UN schools. They want the civilian casualties. Meanwhile, Israel has the Iron Dome to shoot down the missiles that Hamas sends.

I don’t honestly know what more Israel could do to prevent the casualties when their opposition are openly trying to have their civilians killed. They’re sending leaflets and they’re sending warning shots – what more do you want of them?

As you and Jan have articulated, there’s plenty of things to be critical of Israel about. This doesn’t seem to be the fairest of complaints.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

Oh certainly he had other demons, but from a couple of things that I read after the fact, it sounded like money was a bigger factor for him than it was for other comedians who committed suicide. He was doing roles he didn’t want to and he did a TV show he really didn’t want to do (which was unwatchable) just so he could have a paycheck. I can’t remember the article, but it was essentially a friend of his being quoted as saying “Robin wasn’t where he thought he would be.” It almost seems (as I wildly speculate) like he perceived himself to be a bit of a failure.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

All that fame, talent, and money, and he killed himself

Being completely broke can do that to you. Divorces are a bitch.

Apart from Good Will Hunting and Good Morning Vietnam, I thought he was a talentless, unfunny hack.

It’s odd; for a guy who was known as a comic, I thought he was generally pretty dreadful (although I do adore Death to Smoochy), whereas his more dramatic roles I thought were pretty good.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

When I said “the country” isn’t responsible for any great accomplishments, I didn’t mean to say that there have been no great accomplishments that came from America. The country isn’t a person and it hasn’t achieved anything – it’s the name of a place where people live. Those people have done things, like invent or what not. It feels to me like people (such as jhco) personify their country, which is why I was trying to make a distinction.

Obviously, I’m not someone who jumps at the chance to the government credit, but there are a slew of programs developed through the military and through NASA. Perhaps, most notably, all the work that went into ARPANET.

Even something as seemingly utilitarian as the Interstate Highway System or, more impressive still, the Transcontinental Railroad are remarkable feats connecting the nation.

On more of a political science level, the notion that we inherently have rights rather than having rights bestowed on us from a government, while borrowed from people like Locke, was pretty groundbreaking at the time for a nation to implement.

EDIT: I see you mentioned technological achievements were made here which means you yourself invalidated your claim that “The country isn’t responsible for any great accomplishments.”

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

The country isn’t responsible for any great accomplishments.

Lol – this is cute.

And, he wasn’t IN Russia to see first hand all of these “effects” he is relating. What he is relating is information filtered through a system that had a lot to gain by making Russia look much worse than it was.

Yes, but we have those dear history books that tell us what a piss-poor existence members of the Soviet Union had. Unless you were part of the government, of course.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / should countries known for frequent human rights abuses be banned from international events like the olympics?

what about simply prohibiting countries with ongoing human rights abuses from the chance of hosting the olympics?

Because it’s hard enough to find someone to host the games. That hardly seems like a punishment…

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Topic: Serious Discussion / why did the government fake the moon landing?

Originally posted by vikaTae:

So if the moon landings were faked, how did the mirror array wind up on the moon? If you have access to an observatory for a project or a friend’s project, you can bounce a beam off them yourself, to prove to yourself that yes, they are actually up there.

So, what’s the explanation for a precision scientific instrument array having been built on the moon, one which it is possible to verify exists, if we didn’t actually go there?

It’s obviously a holograph.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / should countries known for frequent human rights abuses be banned from international events like the olympics?

Originally posted by beauval:

Wouldn’t be much of an Olympics without the USA, would it?

Meh – all the Summer Olympics needs is ping pong and badminton. God knows the US isn’t going to win a medal in those.

After all, we arrogantly & loudly tout that we are the BEST….
even tho we ignorantly don’t know shit about the rest.

Scoreboard don’t lie.

Suck it world.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

Don’t be silly. Why would he need data?

A boy can dream.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Womyn: noble effourt or heroic cause


Goodness I’ve missed you Jan.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

But then, why should I expect any more from ppl who aren’t able to understand the “name issue”?

Does this mean you actually have data that shows Natives give a shit about this?!?!

As mentioned in this link, a NEW, reliable poll would be very helpful. I found the slide show on “Who is open to changing the name” to be very interesting.

But, that’s the most recent we have. What gives you any evidence that more Natives either A) care B) are offended or C) want the name changed (because a large number of Natives like the name).

10 year old data is far more compelling than your lack of data.

I find it interesting how issnedorf manages to also rely on such an old & dubious “poll”. But then, he is good at finding highly reliable polls that support HIS agenda….while poo-pooing those which don’t. LOL

It’s not that I’m poo-pooing your poll – it’s that you don’t have any data to support your opinion.

I continue to believe, based on every Native that I’ve talked to about this, that they don’t give a shit about this, that they don’t find it offensive. This is an issue for white liberals who feel the need to feel guilty for other minorities, and that the fact you feel guilty somehow makes things better for themselves. It doesn’t. At the end of the day, all of your focus is on something that does absolutely nothing to improve the generally poor quality of life American Indians have.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

The Redskin name issue is ONLY a tiny part of even the tip….but still connected to the whole of the other, “more serious” problems….the ones so many genius seem to think are being ignored.

Yeah, the name Redskins is upsetting Native Americans so much, they have to take solace in large amounts of alcohol. That must be it!

Things have changed since that 2004 poll.

You’re right, things have. Here’s something quantifiable (since you won’t provide anything): In 1999, according to the Redskins’ trademark attorney, the patent office rescinded it 3-0. Now, it was only a 2-1 decision. Even the bureaucrats are becoming less enchanted with this (and, literally, the plantiffs used pretty much the exact same defense they did in 1999).

But: “Public pressure is boiling over. Public opinion is harder to gauge. Polling over the years has shown a majority of the country supports the team name. McCollum, co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, dismisses that. “We just saw what happened to Eric Cantor in a poll,” she said."

What else is the activist going to say when polling doesn’t support them other than, “Well, the polls can’t be trusted!!!!!!” If popular opinion was on their side, do you think that’s what they’d be spouting?

There are far greater problems facing minority groups in the States, and a rose by any other name…

Don’t you see vika? This is a small part of an iceberg that connects all the other problems Natives are facing. It’s so obvious!

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

So, karma, a lot of what you’re saying here is that you don’t buy the 90% study. So let me ask you this: where’s your data that Native Americans A) care and B) view it as a racial slur. Where’s your reliable data? If you’re going to disregard the most recent data that completely contradicts your opinion, surely you have some actual, you know, evidence to back up that claim.

What makes YOU think they are dumb?

Sarcasm is tough stuff, mister.

But, can YOU get any dumber….THEY are the ones—and the ONLY ones—who should be using THEIR name as they see fit.
Just how hard is that to understand?

If it’s such a racial slur that you’re claiming, shouldn’t they be offended by the very use of it? After all, I don’t believe I’ve seen a black high school that calls themselves the fighting n——-s.

YES IT DOES make a difference. Such “little steps” serve to move them—often in very big ways, for some & for all—towards those areas that also need, AND ARE BEING ADDRESSED, as much positive efforts as they can get.

No, it doesn’t. It makes people like you feel good about yourself while ignoring actual problems. If only you had this zest for combating alcoholism among American Indians that you do for the name of an NFL team. Harry Reid has done jack shit to help Native Americans in his time in office. May be this satisfies his personal guilt? I’m not sure. I do know this crusade solely serves to make white liberals (many of whom have never been within 100 miles of a reservation) feel self-satisfied. That’s your company karma. Be proud.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

What it does mean is that there is a recognition that there was a wrong done and that it shall no longer continue….much like slavery & then segregation, discrimination, & abuse.

Except a name that the overwhelming majority of Native Americans take zero offense to hardly compares in any way remotely to slavery, segregation, etc.

But sure, karma. I’m sure you, a white man from Kansas, is far more qualified to tell those dumb Indians what they should truly be upset and concerned about. Not only did a recent poll find that 90% of Natives didn’t find it offensive, many Native American schools use it as as their mascot. So, if the vast, overwhelming majority of Natives don’t have an issue, why is it that you no better to be offended for them?

This is exactly what Jan said several months ago: all it does it whitewash the issue and ignores the actual problems facing Native Americans in this country, like low graduation rates, overwhelming alcoholism, and abject poverty. You and Harry Reid may pat yourself on the back for taking up this crusade, but at the end of the day, does it make a damn difference for people living on a reservation?

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

A big way that would help, and be politically neutral, would be to offer free, or subsidised low-cost situation awareness and certified shooting lessons to anyone who wishes such, no strings attached.

I’m sure the NRA would disagree because that’s what the NRA likes to do: disagree with sensible reforms that don’t really limit your ability to buy a gun.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

UPDATE: The Redskins trademark has been cancelled.

However, there is a really obvious solution to this whole dilemma: the Redskins change their logo to a potato. They keep the name and it’s a delightfully adorable mascot. Total win-win.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is lunacy as American as apple pie?

I mean, sure, you talked a lot about how “behind the times” Democrats are (though, I would argue that the reason this idea is so old is because it still hasn’t seriously been considered, much less happened)

Yeah, taxes have never been raised, regulations have never been implemented and we didn’t implement a “War on Poverty.” What was I thinking.

you’re not giving anything about why Republicans are in the now

HSAs? Republican idea.

Roth IRAs? Republican idea. Hey look, significant factors to help address health care and retirement savings!

EITC? A Republican idea (expanded greatly under Reagan, I might add).

Want more?

Also, I don’t particularly care which political party they ascribe to, if they’re tax-dodging, swinging their gold dicks around in politics, or whatever other thing I think is slimy, I wouldn’t like them.

So, you aren’t concerned when policies you tend to agree with do the opposite of what they’re intended to do? You’ll be a great partisan hack one day.

The thing I don’t understand is how this can all be the fault of the very rich.

It isn’t the fault of the rich. It’s the fault of the ignorant. The fact the 40+% of people think this President is doing a good job speaks for itself.

To parody Obama, America doesn’t have a monopoly on idiots, so how comw we see through them and you don’t?

Because people are too lazy to stay informed.